Ah, pizza. My favorite new addition to the vegetable family. As Robin Marty wrote last month, counting the tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable will help schools to meet the “two vegetables a lunch” requirement for school lunches. In conclusion, she wrote:
So, check your school lunch menu next year. Between pizza, french fries and a side of ketchup, your student will likely be eating so many vegetable servings at school you’ll hardly need to worry about what they eat at home.
Don’t worry though, there is lobbying happening on the home front too. My 7-year old is becoming quite the health-washing expert. Having heard my explanation several times about how Nutella is not the health food the company pretends it is, he has been charting his own career path as an advertising executive or food industry lobbyist by putting his own spin on his favorite foods.
Which foods will he be presenting to Congress next to go along with the unlimited pizza and potatoes? Read on…
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“Did you know that chocolate is a vegetable? It comes from a bean, so it is a vegetable.” This is the story the 7-year-old told me over breakfast. If chocolate is a vegetable, I guess I get to count coffee as a vegetable too, right?
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Popcorn is made from corn. Never mind that corn isn’t the most nutritious vegetable and brush aside those concerns about GMOs. Let’s put popcorn on the school lunch menu. In reality, we do enjoy a popcorn snack here and there at our house, made from air popped organic popcorn, not the stuff that is soaked in oil and salt.
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It comes from maple trees, which have leaves, so it is pretty much the same thing as a green salad.
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Apparently Congress wants kids to eat more green vegetables. These pickle-flavored green Doritos are a great way to help kids get both their cucumber and their corn.
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Yes, I know that Reagan came up with this long before my 7-year old did. But he wasn’t born yet in the Reagan-era and he certainly prefers to consume his tomatoes in the form of ketchup. If only it didn’t come with an equivalent volume of sugar (or high fructose corn syrup — wait, corn is another vegetable!) and other junk.
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For the adventurous 7-year old, there are fancier vegetables like deep fried onion rings. A serving of those, with a serving of fries, and a serving of ketchup and you’ve got three vegetables in one sitting. Amazing.
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A school meal would not be complete without dessert. This mix of candy corn and candy pumpkins looks like it gives a good mix of orange, yellow, white and green vegetables. Great way to top off the meal and get kids energized for an afternoon at school.
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That list is just a beginning. Do your kids have any favorite “vegetables” to submit to Congress for review?
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